“When public defenders have five times as much work as they can competently handle, terrible things happen, too.”

I need to say up front, I take appointments in the Western District of Texas and the District of New Mexico. I think that I’m luck though, both of those districts allow me to practice as a professional and I can count on one hand the issues that I’ve had related to being restricted. Some were probably valid, some were not. However this article is an eyeopening look. https://nyti.ms/2GiC6gb

Those of us in the court room see this or have seen this. It is very sad and very much reminds me of the kindergarten phrase “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” Essentially if you get an appointed lawyer and don’t like him, you’re done and don’t have control like you would with a retained counsel. Sad, but true.

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